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Obviously the best record of 1976 is Anarchy in the UK, but since everyone who wants a Sex Pistols record has a Sex Pistols record, there seems little point in posting it here.

Instead, a record from the other major musical movement in mid-70s Britain, roots reggae.

Band such as Southall’s Misty in Roots, still the best live band I have ever seen, and Birmingham’s Steel Pulse took the roots music coming out of Jamaica and blended it with the experiences of the first- and second-generation British working class black communities (and a load of religious gobbledy-gook, but no-one’s perfect).

It is the sort of thing we British should be proud of, the rich multiculturalism that’s come from decades of immigration and integration, rather than the flag waving bollocks of Wimbledon, royal weddings and a bunch of overpaid, under-performing men in polyester.

But in ’76 there was Aswad — yes, the same Aswad who later had a number one with sugar-coated cod reggae of which their younger selves would have been ashamed. But forget that; their self-titled debut LP is a simply brilliant record that everyone should hear.

Aswad :: Concrete Slaveship

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